folk group Blessed Feathers is making award-winning music, but you won’t
find the duo planting roots anytime soon. The newlywed couple are on
the road again, leaving Wisconsin and heading west.
22, and Jacquelyn Beaupre, 25, met in a pizza parlor in West Bend,
fell in love and formed a locally and nationally celebrated band. The
group’s second album, "Order of the Arrow," was released
in November, generating much buzz for the duo and earning it a WAMI
award for Best Folk/Celtic Artist.
During a recent
stint house-sitting in Cudahy, the couple planned a bicycle trip
across the country to Big Sur, Calif., where they plan to work
temporarily at the Henry Miller Memorial Library and live in a tent
behind it, before relocating in November to Flagstaff, Ariz.
"nomadic" has frequently been used to describe the duo.
National Public Radio ran a segment on "Morning Edition"
last December called "Blessed Feathers: Nomadic and Loving
It." Milwaukee native Beaupre says it’s inspiring to move
around and live with different people. "You kind of step into
people’s lives for a little bit and learn what they know," she
says. "I think everyone should do it for a little while because
it’s so human to connect with other people and see what they’ve
learned and help each other out."
himself to record music as a high school student in Florida, then hit
the road after graduation and landed in West Bend. The couple married
in May. "I fell in love with her before we started making
music," he says.
closeness, the two never write songs together, Berube says. "We
kind of present the songs to each other and open them to collaboration
in the recording process," he says.
"Order of the Arrow," Berube says he had been listening to a
lot of African and South American music from the ’60s and ’70s, as
well as the blues. "On ‘Order of the Arrow,’ it’s all those
polyrhythms that I was getting into," he says. "The drumming
kind of defines that album for me, but then the lyrics are the same
old folk band, Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska lyrics. They’re still
songwriter songs, but they have these strange, worldly elements to
Beaupre says she
and Berube share the same musical tastes and many of the same passions
in life. "Our humor works really well together, and we’re both
kind of happy to live very simply," she says, "and that’s
not really a common thing to find."